Chemotherapy is a treatment for cancer that uses chemicals to stop cancer cells from growing. Chemotherapy is designed to kill cancer cells and can be administered through a vein, injected into a body cavity, or delivered orally in the form of a pill, depending on which drug is used. Your doctor will talk to you about the best route for the chemotherapy medication(s)
Oral chemotherapy is any drug you are taking by mouth to treat your cancer. Oral chemo does not need to be injected into the body. Chemo taken by mouth is as strong as the other forms and works just as well.
External Beam Radiation Therapy
External Beam Radiation Therapy is one of the most commonly used forms of radiation therapy. It uses a linear accelerator (a high-energy X-ray machine) to direct radiation to the tumor. Appriximately two-thirds of all cancer patients will receive radiation treatment.
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT)
Intensity Modulated Radiation Therapy (IMRT) is the most advanced form of External Beam Radiation Therapy. IMRT employs a powerful, advanced computer program that plans a precise dose of radiation in three dimensions based on individual tumor size, shape and location. IMRT allows for higher radiation doses than traditional methods of radiotherapy while sparing more of the surrounding healthy tissue.
Image-guided Radiation Therapy
Image-guided radiation therapy is conformal radiation treatment guided by imaging equipment, such as CT, ultrasound or stereoscopic X-rays, taken in the treatment room just before the patient is given the radiation treatment. IGRT allows radiation to be delivered to tumors with more precision than was traditionally possible. One of the challenges encountered when radiation is delivered to a tumor is that the tumor can move based on the patient's day-to-day position on the treatment table (as well as from breathing). IGRT allows the physician to better deliver the radiation dose directly to the cancer by using a variety of automated and tracking systems.
High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy
High Dose Rate (HDR) Brachytherapy is a form of internal radiation therapy that precisely delivers radiation from the inside out, sparing surrounding healthy tissue and organs and potentially reducing the need for surgery. It can deliver a high dose of radiation over a short period of time.
The primary purpose of cancer surgery is to cure your cancer by physically removing all of it from your body. The surgeon usually does this by cutting into your body and removing the cancer along with some surrounding tissue to ensure that all of the cancer is removed. Your surgeon may also remove some lymph nodes in the area to determine if the cancer has spread. Certain surgeries such as for prostate and gynecologic cancers, may be improved by using robotic equipment.
MammoSite is a unique form of brachytherapy that uses a balloon catheter to deliver radiation internally-directly to the site of the tumor cavity in the breast, where the likelihood of recurrence is greatest.
Biological therapy is a type of treatment that works with your immune system. It can help fight cancer or help control side effects from other cancer treatments like chemotherapy.
A monoclonal antibody is a laboratory-produced molecule that's carefully engineered to attach to specific defects in your cancer cells. Monoclonal antibodies mimic the antibodies your body naturally produces as part of your immune system's response to germs, vaccines and other invaders.
Clinical Trials are research studies that test how well new medical approaches work in people. Each study answers scientific questions and tries to find better ways to prevent, screen for, diagnose, or treat a disease. People who take part in cancer clinical trials have an opportunity to contribute to knowledge of, and progress against, cancer. They also receive up-to-date care from experts.
Click here for information on clinical trials currently being conducted at FirstHealth Moore Regional Hospital.
The Chest Center of the Carolinas
The Chest Center of the Carolinas brings together the expertise of multiple specialties in the treatment of diseases of the chest, particularly lung cancer. The center assists patients in their treatment plan by minimizing visits and providing the most advanced care possible. By combining the talents of the specialists into one center, the Chest Center of the Carolinas coordinates complex patient care in a timely, efficient and friendly manner.
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